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Mick Kjar's Daughter Lives Through Navy Yard Rampage

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - At least a dozen people including a solitary gunman are dead following a rampage early Monday morning at a heavily secured military installation.

Officials have identified the gunman as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of Fort Worth, Texas. The FBI is looking into whether the gunman used the ID badge of a former Navy Yard employee to access the facility.

There's still no word on a motive for the mass shooting. However, officials do say that at this stage, the attacker didn't appear to have ties with any known terrorist group.

Local officials also say that an active search for additional potential suspects is underway.

Here in Fargo, the attack hit close to home for Valley Today meteorologist Mick Kjar. His daughter was there in building 197 when the shooting began, and she communicated with her family through text messages.

Mick's granddaughter, Krystal Stock, was also in Fargo Monday morning. As usual, her mother had texted her a quick "hello." Then, another message arrived: it was Krystal's mother again, this time saying there's a shooter in her building.

Krystal shared her mother's texts later with Valley News Team's Kristi Larson. "All of a sudden the alarms were going off," she recounts. "A security guard came running at her saying, ‘get down, get down.' The security officer pushed her and her other coworkers into the fire escape right before he got shot."

When Mick and Krystal heard from her again, she had been taken up to the fourth floor where she had cell phone service. In a message, she told them that she could hear shouting and shots being fired and that she loved them.

Back in Fargo, Mick shared his daughter's messages with viewers on the North Dakota Today show as events unfolded.

"I was saying, ‘I love you,' the whole time," Krystal said with tears in her eyes. "There was times where she'd write back and say, ‘I love you too. More than anything.' It was hard to get those and not hear from her for a couple minutes."

Finally, Krystal said, her mother texted that she heard yells of "all clear."

"I'm just proud of my mom," Krystal told us. "She's an amazing woman, and I guess I want to say thanks for all my friends and the people that were there protecting my mom."

After the building was cleared, Mick's daughter safely left the base and returned to her home in the Washington, D.C., area.

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